Monday, October 28, 2013
What is it with Wengert's and cars? Are they just out to get us all or what. Have mercy as mum would say. But really I am so lucky. Let me start out by mum dont freak out. I am ok. But it was really good to hear your voice, not going to lie I kind of forgot what you all sounded like so thanks for the refresher. So this week was a bit crazy. Thursday we had to go to the mission home to speak with presdient about a few things with my companion but she is doing so much better now, and then friday Me and Muhammad the taxi driver had a bit of a go at it. Lets just say I won...
So Friday we had excahnages with the Sister Training Leaders (aka Sister zone leaders kind of haha). We finished weekly planning and then went to go pick up sister peronnets new bike we bargened like a champ for. We got her a new years model for half off...we were so proud. She is a beaut, But then sis peronnet and sister Mueller (from Germany) swapped and they went to teach chris and we went to drop off the bike in the flat and then hurry to head to Nottingham. We dropped the bike and then hurried to the car. I remeber looking both ways. And yes I looked the "right" way I have lived here for 7 months I know how traffic works. sister Hanks who I was on exchnanges with (Most exciting exhange of her life) crossed then I waited for another car to pass then remember looking both ways and then went. I guess...or so im told the taxi could have been speeding a bit fast, phone, who knows. We live on a bit of a hill and I crossed just at the middle of it, so he must have not seen me if he was speeding, I dont know but all in all he hit me on the right side. I am lucky and have been thinking all about it these past couple days. Heavenly Father has some serious work for me and I better get quick soon so I can dive in and repay him for taking the hit for me. They said it was a pretty good hit, I guess it hit my right leg which is a miracle because absolutly no broken bones! And daddy no offense takin about the fat joke and yeah I won, I spider webbed his window haha, pretty crazy huh! But I remember coming to up on the asphalt as a Doctor (another miracle) was driving behind and came out and stabalized my head, they said I should have been hurt pretty bad, but all I wanted was to get up because I had asphalt in my eye haha and very uncomfortable. But an ambulance was there in a couple minutes or so, and just to be safe put a collar and boarded me up and took me to the hospital. But yes I did get to tell them all about missionary work, or so I remember they gave me some pretty good laughing gas, so hopefully I got all the details correct about the 1st vision haha. They were so funny and said I kept them all intertained very well, I do my best! Worst part about it was that they cut off my scarf, my favourite one, I begged for them not too, but worse came to worse. I guess broken bones or cut scarf, Ill take the scarf.
But they took me to hospital and not going to lie, I felt like I Was laying on a hard board and that I had just been hit by a car. They gave me some paracetmal (wich is like tylenol lame I know) and waitied. The zone leaders came along and they gave me an incredible blessing, blessing me with no broken bones and strength to heal quick and patience. The spirit despite the fact that we were in AandE in the hospital with people all around us, was strong, and as a little scary as it was, I knew everything would be ok. They finally got me some good meds thanks to Elder Taylor and then xrayed my right leg, chest, and shoulder. My shoulder probably hurt the worst, they said I landed on it pretty good. Ive just got some really cool bruises and scratches and cuts and more bruises, but im ok. A mircale. My leg is pretty sore and it hurts a little to walk on, But Heavenly Father Literally took the car hit for me, I really do beleive it. I am so blessed. 6 hours later I walked out of the hospital in missed matched pajamas and no shoes because I didnt pack any for the exchanges, arm in a sling, but very humbled and with an excpereince that I know Heavenly Father's hand was in. I do not doubt that for one second.
I am so lucky, well its not luck, Heavenly Father watches over his missionaries. An expereince I will never forget...
The rest of the week before then has been really good. Chris is really making progression step by step. He is on day 4 again for the stop smoking program and each time he is getting stronger and stronger. He is the man and really beleive he was prepared to meet us a month ago. I treuly love this man and am willing to even take a car for him if I had to again...haha well maybe not that but almost anything. The best part about this week is Chris finally came to church on Sunday. I knew he would enjoy the primary program so we really wanted him to go and feel the spirit as the children sang. We called him, same old thing, didnt answer. Called him again and said he had another restless night, but decided to come anyways. We picked him up 10 min later and all drove to church. Yan was also there which is his last time here, he moves back to China on Thursday and we are so sad, but I know he will make an impact in china with the gospel some day, the Lord has a plan for him. We fed us dinner that night (authentic chinese food) and we watched a video on Jesus Christ. I know Yan was suppose to teach me something. He didnt teach me one thing but many things and I am excited to stay in contact and see what the Lord has in plan for him. Am I sad he did not get baptised...yes, but I trust Heavenly Father has a bigger plan for Yan. I truely love that man.
We also are blessed and got a new investigator on Saturday. The Sister Trainging leaders stayed over night with us and helped teach our lessons the next day as I relaxed and ate special K and Peanut butter haha. Just a bit too sore to move haha. But Quehyn is from Vitanam and had a lot of questions for us and has some potential, we are also teaching Eddie tonight. Monday night on our way to FHE, we were running late. I got the feeling to stop this man, but we were late and coudnlt pull out a card in time. So I smiled he smilied and let him pass me. Then it was as if I ran into a brick wall and said Sister Peronnet we need to stop that man. We turned and ran towards him and talked with him for a bit. He has a Book of Mormon and is looking for a church. He then asked us to come over and teach him...Elect! haha Brother Eddie he calls himself. This week dont worry we are taking it easy and Bullseye gets a little rest herself. Sister Rasmussen and Bishops wife here are taking the best care of me so dont worry about me, Im being spoiled to bits. But thanks for caring!! This week will be resting mostly, and transfers are on wednesday, crazy huh! % transfers done! Love you all so much and dont worry I promise all is well!
Home sounds good, all is well here! Everyone take care, look both ways 10 times before crossing and make it a great week!
W9 new and improved
ps no camera in the hospital so no good pictures! Love you all Cheerio
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sounds like a busy week for all. Mum I would love to read Kimberelys talk i bet it was so good! and I do always feel like a princess in her house. Teddi and Amy could you maybe send me some of that homeade green and red chili..im dying for some! How is Grandpa and carol and all the wengert clan doing? What are they all up too? Derek sounds like a hard week but the best thing about that is hard weeks are followed by blessed weeks. Like Elder Christophersen said in one of my favourite talks, sometimes we have to be chopped down a bit in order to be built up again to grow. Ya we had some rough DA's this week but on the bright side you NEVER will guess what we had for dinner at a familys house. Navajos Tacos!! haha Proper, well english proper Navjo Tacos! I could kiss this sweet old mans cheecks as he sat it all dow in front of us and they talked about how another missionary had introduced it to them, not as good as the ones at home (no green chili) but not too bad of an English version. I was in Heaven that night! and they sent us home with heaps more for the next day, and you better beleive I taught them about the honey and butter dessert ones! Highlight of the week!
This week has been one of the most spirtual weeks of my mission and I loved every minute of it! This week we have had so many once in a lifetime oppurtunities! We had zone meeting up in Nottingham and also a mission activity where we traveled to visit Benbow Farms and also Gadfield Elm Chapel; 2 major historical landmarks in the church and they are in my mission. I am so blessed. We traveled 3 hours on a muggy coach (bus) with our entire zone cramed on but it was so worth it and would do it again any day. We caught a train at 7:13 at the train station which is 35 minutes from our flat so we had to get up pretty early and when we got up to get ready we had another suprise that ll our sockets had blown out, so no hair dryer or straightner, or iron, nothing! haha..we were looking really good. But se lav'e we say.... Such is life.
Our first stop was at Bembow Farms, you will have to look it up on the interent for all the good facts but basically it is where Willfiord Woodruff lived for a long time and there was a pond down there that he dug and created in order to baptise 600 members (very influential orginal members) that affected the prosperaity of the church. The spirit was so sacred and special, truely Gods country. There were 3 zones all gathered there and we sang Come Follow me, and talked about the significance of these pond and how lucky we are to have the knowledge and to be serving the lord as missionaries. There is so much power as missionaries gather together. I loved the spirit. Truely amazing to be able to witness this beautiful farm- a once in a life time expereince I will never forget.
After we crammed back on the coach to travel to Gadfield Elm Chapel- the oldest working Latterday Saint Chapel in the WORLD! I am so lucky. These place as amzing. I stood and sat where some of the greatest men and women have sat and talked and preached the gospel. The spirit was so peacful anda sacred. I stood where President Hinckly stood and planted a tree, where John Taylor committed hundreds to be baptised. Where hundereds of apostles and prophets have stood. I felt a part of something special. Sister Rasmussen talked about all the sacrafice of others and how that compared to what we sacrafice it is nothing. When I went into the MTC Devin wrote me a letter and told me the best adviced Id ever recieved. What May seem like a sacrafice will soon become a privelage...every day I realize the prievelage I have and how there is no sacrafice. President bore a powerful testimony I will never forget. These 2 places have left a profound impact in my life and I am so lucky and privelaged to have been there to each one of them.
This week we spent a lot of time traveling but still got in some good lessons. We officially committed Christ to begin the 15 steps to stop smoking program we use in our mission- 100 percent garantee if you do it correctly. We walked in and I felt like i was at a boxing match..he said its go time. Im ready bring it on. Id never seen him like this and we plastered pictures of Christ and signs and the 15 steps he needs to do each day to help him to stop smoking in 7 days. We are so excited to see him progress and we have helped him stay busy by taking him to service projects and walks and watching movies with him. Chris is doing good. He didnt make it to church on Sunday which is our next thing to address he has some sleeping problems. But he went 3 days strong, had a rough day and took half a cigerrate said he didnt even enjoy it, but is starting again today. I really think Chris was prepared by Heavenly Father, he said before he went out the day we met him he was praying for help and we met him. The Lord is preparing those to hear the gospel, we as members just have to find them all.
Yan still no on baptism, so that was pretty sad:( I love this man so much. He moves back to China on the 31st, but I know Heavenly Father has a will and plan for him. I have learnt so much from him and continue to do so each day. This week we are praying to find a family and set the goal for that. I am excited and know that when we have righteous desires and put in the effort the Lord delivers. Im excited to find our family.
This next Sunday we have the primary program. There are about 25 primary kids and nobody else in the ward really plays the piano so I spent 2 hours practicing on Sunday and an hour the past 5 sundays practicing! You better belive I know all 10 verses to Follow the Prophet. They are the cutest kids and am the spirit is so sweet and strong as they sing at the top of their lungs. Next sunday should be so cool and Im glad I know how the play the pinao (they have been using the guitar before- kinda neat but no piano) so thank you mother! Thank you for all you did; all the piano lessons are much appreciated and paid off well I would say. Im thinking of teaching a Less Actitive piano lessons so im excited about that!
We have lots of good plans for this week and Im excited to get them rolling! Thank you for the letter Kenny and all the other emails! I loved them all! Life is good. The Church is true. It Rains in England. But I wouldnt want it any other way. Love you all, Make it a good week!
W9 Sister Wengert
Monday, October 14, 2013
Bonjour My loves! My french is coming along, I know can speak 6 phrases and know how to say Oh Bummer! This week was overall great. There really is no bad weeks on a mission sometimes, especilly looking back on them! Im glad you younger ones got to expereince cleaning ditches! I really do miss those times and any oppurtunity to serve and get dirty and to wear trousers we love! Mum I bet your seminary lessons are the best and its up to you, we will get the ensign eventually as missionaries, I should be ok. We got to watch some more sessions of conference this week during comp study at the church: I wathced Elder Hamilton and he was amazing! Pretty cool we met him.
This week we got to teach a a referel we recieved from an investigator. She fed us before we taught her about the Restoration and Book of Mormon. Man bless her: she fed us a feast and we were so appreciative but im just not sure what I ate really. She said it was chicken, but not really sure! But it was blessed and we slurped it down. Then she made us her homeade famous chocolate mousse, it actually looked pretty good, but as I went to eat it, I pulled out the longest white hair I have ever seen. It just kept coming and coming. Rough day haha and she ended up not being interested, but she is really cool lady, some intersting ideas but non the less we say here: bless her, bless her! We also had a DA with a Recent Convert who is this big black lady who is the happiest person I have ever met. She is actually from Malowey (not sure how to spell it) but she made us a huge spread, I was a bit nervous at first, but it such a blessing to be around the people in my life at this moment. The people you met on your mission have a unique connection and I love it. One of my favourite things about my mission. The people.
This week we had interviews with president as well. President is the man and I am so lucky to have him and his wife as my mission president. He talked to me about how I now have a good chunck of my mission under my belt and how this time now is the most inportant time of my mission, I have no excuses. He was a bit bold, but I needed it. He has high expectations for Derby and I know Heavenly Father has sent me here for specific individuals, I just need to find them! He talked again about the conversation he overheard me and mum had on the day of Dallins accident. He is such an inspiring man and I learnt so much that day. Our area is blessed and things are coming along. Afterwords I was talking with sister Rasmussen and she said the other day she was lookin for a talk on Elder Dallin H. Oaks and she typed Dallin into google and the first thing that came before Dallin H. Oaks was Dallin and Amy Wengert! haha Dallin your famous! She got a big kick out of it!
We had FHE with a investigator and a family in the word and it was wild! As a shoe was flug across the room just missing my face and as the son gave a prayer that was spoken so fast I thought it was in a different language, fighting over the coolest colour pencil....it reminded me of home! I loved it and there was one momet of silence as we talked about the light of christ in our lives that the spirit was strong and manifested to us all. I miss those moments of chaos though and it felt good to be ingulfed in it again.
We taught Yan this week and I felt prompted to teach him about the temple and baptisms for the dead...kind of weird but we went with it. He loves the temple and just kept mumbling chinese words and stroking the picture of the temple. He wants so badly to go inside. I dont undestand Yan sometimes: He needs more time which makes sense. Before 3 months ago he had never heard or expereince God in his life and it all came at once, but he does it all! He paid his fast offerings this sunday and Fasted! I have learned so much from him and he is so special to me. I know that we are doing all we can and whatever the lords will is, is the best for Yan. But we are focusing on Yan and hoping he will set up a date to work towards soon, he is so ready and loves the gospel. Love this tiny chinese man. As we were walking home from an app he asked if he could walk us home to make sure we got home safe and as he walked he said in his broken english "When I around you..I feel God's love" My heart melted and such a sweet moment. I love Yan
Chirs is progressing, he has some rough sleeping problems and sadly didnt make it to church, but he is progressing every day we see him. He loves the gospel and slowly is taking it all in. He is the man, so humble and wants so badly to follow Heavenly Father.
Jack got baptised this weekened and it was such a sweet expereince. His mum is Less Active but due to some problems in the past, Getting Jack baptised has been a challange. The day finally came on saturday and the spirit was so innocent and strong. Jack was so happy and you could tell despite his set of problems he felt the spirit too. His whole family came who are not active either and overall such a cool experince. I love baptim days, the best feeling, and it gives you the boost for more of that feeling. This is why we do what we do: tract and bike in skirts in the tipping rain, getting yelled at in the streets (anit america things and other dodgy stuff) I would do it over and over for this feeling and the sound of the font feeling in the background. I am so lucky to be apart of the 80 thousand modern day stripling warriors and love having the chance to improve and strive each day. Love you all;Make it a good week.
Tell Kimberely i say Welcome Home! Good luck in sports and everythings else!
Je Ta'ime (I love you in French)
W9 Sister Wengert
Ps. Does Grandpa Wengert get my emails?
Pictures- we got skippy peanut butter from a member who went to Costco! There is a costco here in Derby haha
Jordy; the LOL picture is for you! The actually say LOL not L-O-L here haha they say it like they spell it
Monday, October 7, 2013
What a weekend right! I have never been more throughly excited for confrenece in my entire life. It was so inspiring and so uplifiting I want to convert the whole world as I type! Im glad you enjoyed conference because I sure did. Dad im sorry about the elders, do you have sisters there tell them to put them in place! USU LOST im devod' so sad poor chucky Keaton! Im glad you got the cornerstone it just started; the first one i think pretty cool! Derek- you got bikes! So much better right! What does Maximus look like! We will have to race! Mom that is so neat about trish wanting the 21 day program! Keep spreading it around! I love it! Kimberely is home! Can I have her email when you get it! I want to hear all talk- she gives the best talks! i cant beleive she is home- time is so weird isnt it! It flys by! Thank you for the package and Mom you did perfect right sizes and we loved the starburst! Sister Peronnet says thank you and I videod her opening it but cant send it for some reason so ill figure out something! She loved it and thank you so much. We brought the rest of the sweets and shared with the other missionareis at general conferecnce (between sessions of course dad). Dallin, you are making so much progress; i am so proud of you! Keep on Keeping on.
We watched conference at the Nottingham stake center and caught a ride with our bishop for saturday night (we watched the sat morining at 5 pm that night) and saunday for the saturday evening and sunday morning! Im buzzing to see the last session and the releif society session. They were all so good though! We had one of our investigators Yan come and he loved it! He didnt understand much of it due to his english but he met the chinese speaking elders and Ive never seen him happier! Ching chong chee chim is all I heard for the first session on Sunday! haha he smiled from ear to ear. We had fasted and prayed all this week, that Yan would some how understand conference and that he would feel the spirit and decided and committ to baptism before he returns to china at the end of this month. We are seeing him this week. I love this chinese man; he is so humble and christ like, just a really good person whom i have grown and learnt so much from. He just needs to get baptised beacause the chances of him being baptised in china are much slimmer. Bless em'. But some of my favourite parts of conference I cant decide on one was when Elder Arnulfo Valuenzela said Ambrayso haha I felt like Dad was giving me an ambrayso as he said it! or when Elder Richard Maynes said Yorkshire and Gloucster as american as he could possibly sound. As he said it the whole chapel giggled silently! I loved Elder Hollands talk on depression, so good.. interestin topic but a difintie tear jerker. Elder Ballard was a legend : 80333 missionaries: it is such a privelage to be apart of that. We were talking afterwords about how if one missionary baptises one person: the effects are tremendous. Same with the 15 million members; if they introduce the gospel to one friend...the effects are massive. Edward Dube is one of my new favourite people and taught me to Never look Back and look ahead and beleive. To have no regrets! 2 Timothy 4:7-8 is now one of my new favourites! Mom I cant wait to get more spiritual in shape...and physically! Too much pudding here! ha I love Elder Gifford Nelson and am thinking of my game plan! Ok I loved all the talks really! I cant wait to hoepfully get my hands on the ensign and read the rest! Derek did you get to see all the sessions in english! Ill find out next week becuase I actually get your emails the following Pday beacuse of the time difference and the time I have on the computer! All in all I loved Conference and it went by two fast: the spirit was so strong as I was able to recieve personal reavelation for myself and the people we are working with.
This week flew by! We did service at the Halfords and they live on a farm! I loved it and felt at home and we talked the whole time about home me and brother halford. They have pigs, peacocks, sheep, chickens, Geese that could be friends with Festus because they are more like guard dogs (just imagine me standing on a fence post to get away from them! But We also did some service for a member who is building a new house. I swept all 3 floors and was literally covered head to foot in dust but who would have thought how much I would love wiping blinds and sweeping dust someday. I think service is one of my favourite parts about a mission. I love serving the members here and they are always looking for help! We had some really funny dinner appointments complete with there parakete bird flying in my food, bangers and mash 3 days in a row (Sausage and mash potatoes), and hair in some goodies as well. What can I say I love Derby. I really do love it here more and more each day. One of the funniest lines of the week was at a DA when we were sharing a spiritual thought and in the middle of it the lady says " oh my gosh ducky... your not wearing tights, your legs are really that colour! " haha My skin coulour is usually a hot topic around here...the english are quite white, the sun never shines!
But this week was good! Chris is doing well he watched some conference at home on his lapton and he is reading and praying 3 times a day. He has such a desire to be a better person and we get to watch him change each day. He is truely happier and now laughs and jokes with us and is just happier and he realizes that. I love wathching the gospel change people. We have a baptism for a 10 year old boy with autism and ADHD that we have been teaching for a while. Jack is such a sweet boy and I love teaching him our very short lessons, but he is excited to be baptised this weekend after a long wait! We did some service for a non member referel given to us and the coolest old lady ever- she is feeding us on tuesday and we are going to invite her to take the discussions. Life is so good and the lord is blessing our area and I love watching it flourish and gain more confidence in our area. Derby A does not muck around.
We have interviews this week and lots of things planned! Dallin looks sooo good and Amy you are so cute! I love the little belly I need to see the other 2 bellies! So we are at 3 boys?? Clay and what other names!? Fill a sister in! I hope everyone had fun at their mission reunions, I bet those are so fun! I have grown to love the people I have met on my mission so much including so many missionaries. I am so blessed to have the people I do around me. Just think if I would never have served a mission I would have never met them. I love you all and make it a good week- the missionary wall looks so good! What does derkes side look like! I remember redoing that wall together! Take conferece and apply and see the blessings that follow. I know the lord blesses his missionaries and his families. We are so lucky to have this knowledge that we have. Cheerio
D&C 58:27 and 123:13
W9 Sister Wengert